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Grilled Pork Tenderloins

We do a lot of outdoor cooking during the summer months, and this grilled pork tenderloin recipe is one my entire family loves. —Betsy Carrington, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each)
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Pour half of the marinade into a bowl or shallow dish; add tenderloins and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight, turning pork occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain pork, discarding marinade. Grill, covered, over indirect medium-hot heat for 20-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°, turning occasionally and basting with reserved marinade. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze uncooked pork in a freezer container with marinade. Transfer reserved marinade to a freezer container; freeze. To use, completely thaw tenderloins and marinade in refrigerator. Grill as directed.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tips 

How long do you grill pork loin per pound?

Most pork tenderloins are around 1 to 1-1/2 pounds and take about 15 minutes to cook. This recipe calls for two tenderloins, which means the cooking time will be anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness—the meat’s internal temperature should be 145° when fully cooked. 

What is the difference between a pork loin and a pork tenderloin?

The loin refers to a large portion of back meat that can be sold in a large, flat slab. The tenderloin is a small, tender, cylindrical portion within the loin. (Try more pork tenderloin recipes.) 

How do you keep pork loin from drying out?

Keep in mind that for pork, pink does not mean raw, so avoid the impulse to overcook it. Once the meat’s internal temperature hits 145°, you can stop cooking. Using marinades and sauces can also help keep your pork loin tender.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked pork: 196 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 671mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.


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  • sgronholz
    Sep 25, 2020

    My husband and I enjoy grilled pork tenderloin and have tried numerous recipes. In our opinion, this one is definitely the best!

  • Amy
    May 6, 2020

    This has become a favorite for grilling season. The marinade is wonderfully tasty. I followed the recipe as written, and we loved the flavor. The cayenne pepper did not make it spicy at all, so in the future we may increase that to 1/2 tsp since my family enjoy a little zip. The honey and brown sugar made the meat caramelize beautifully on the outside, which is a taste and texture we really like. I doubled this recipe, and made enough for a family picnic and it turned out great.

  • Sheri
    Oct 13, 2019

    Made this last night and everyone loved it. Will add to my company favorites list . So easy and soo good!

  • ano1942
    May 28, 2018

    This is going to become a family favorite. Delicious! Thunderstorms interfered with our grilling so we cooked it in the crock pot. Even my picky eater husband like it.

  • oreo95
    Dec 2, 2017

    Amazing!!! Loved that the ingredients are those that you have on hand. Couldn't get any simpler a recipe. We grill all year, this is a definite keeper in the rotation. I very rarely cook pork anymore because it usually lacks flavor, dries out during cooking. But this recipe has so much flavor, the meat is so moist. Thank You, Betsy!

  • mmskulski
    Sep 20, 2017

    Absolutely fantastic! I messed up on the tablespoon and teaspoon on a couple items but made no difference at all! I only added 1 tbs of brown sugar because with all that honey and teriyaki sauce it does not need anymore sweetness at all!

  • lauramarielawson
    May 23, 2017

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  • Ruffshse
    Jan 14, 2017

    Have made this many times and always get great reviews,

  • xlsalbums
    Nov 30, 2016

    Love the marinade!! Kept the pork moist and flavorful.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

    Wow...the flavor! Not hot and the cinnamon was not overpowering, just complimenting.